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Robert Wilson

2nd Edition

By Maria Shevtsova

Routledge

198 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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Description

Robert Wilson is an American–European director who is also a performer, installation artist, writer, designer of light and much more besides – a crossover polymath who dissolves both generic and geographical boundaries and is a precursor of globalisation in the arts. This second edition of Robert Wilson combines:

  • an analysis of his main productions, situated in their American and European socio-cultural and political contexts
  • a focused, detailed study of Wilson’s pathbreaking Einstein on the Beach
  • a study of Pushkin's Fairy Tales as the foremost example of his folk-rock music theatre in the twenty-first century
  • an exploration of his ‘visual book’, workshop and rehearsal methods, and collaborative procedures
  • a study of his aesthetic principles and the elements of composition that distinguish his directorial approach
  • a series of practical exercises for students and practitioners highlighting Wilson’s technique.

As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners offer unbeatable value for today’s student.

Table of Contents

List of figures

Acknowledgements

    1. A WORKING LIFE
    2. Becoming Robert Wilson

      Dance plays, silent operas and words

      Art and politics: the 1960s and after

      Wilson after Einstein

    3. METHOD, ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES
    4. A workshop method

      Elements and principles

    5. EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH

Itinerary and reception

Einstein on the Beach: a landmark

Structure and form

Breakdown of the work

Summing up

4. POST SCRIPTUM OF 2017: PUSHKIN’S FAIRY TALES

Style and 'camp'

Display and cultural evocation

5. PRACTICAL EXERCISES

Movement

Body imaging

Make-up

Composing a silent play

Sound and music

Working with texts

Light

A short glossary of terms

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

Maria Shevtsova is Professor of Drama and Theatre Arts at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her books include Dodin and the Maly Drama Theatre: Process to Performance (2004), Fifty Key Theatre Directors (2005), Sociology of Theatre and Performance (2009), Directors/Directing: Conversations on Theatre (co-authored, 2009) and The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Directing (co-authored, 2013). All her books have been translated into multiple languages, and she is co-editor of New Theatre Quarterly.

About the Series

Routledge Performance Practitioners

Routledge Performance Practitioners is an innovative series of introductory handbooks on key figures in twentieth-century performance practice.
Each volume focuses on a theatre-maker who has transformed the way we understand theatre and performance. The books are carefully structured to enable the reader to gain a good grasp of the fundamental elements underpinning each practitioner's work. They provide an inspiring springboard for students on twentieth century, contemporary theatre and theatre history courses.
These compact, well-illustrated and clearly written books unravel the contribution of modern theatre's most charismatic innovators, through:

  • personal biography
  • explanation of key writings
  • description of significant productions
  • reproduction of practical exercises.

As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PER011010
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production
PER011020
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism